complement “and ceremony of it—In all the accoutrement,” THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, iv. 2. 5 ; “deck'd in modest complement,” HENRY V., ii. 2. 134 ; “A man of complements,” LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST, i. 1. 166 ; “in all complements of devoted,” LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST, i. 1. 258 ; “These are complements,” LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST, iii. 1. 19 ; “the courageous captain of complements,” ROMEO AND JULIET, ii. 4. 20. “Compliment [Complement], in Shakespeare's time, did not signify, at least did not only signify, verbal civility or phrases of courtesy, but, according to its original meaning, the trappings or ornamental appendages of a character; in the same manner, and on the same principles of speech, with accomplishment. Complement is, as Armado well expresses it, the varnish of a complete man” (JOHNSON) .
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